My little balloon brush!
The United States is one of the largest waste producers in the world, generating about 2 kg of garbage per person per day. Although the US population accounts for 5% of the world's total population, about 25% of the world's garbage is produced in the US, and 100 billion dollars is spent on waste disposal every year.
However, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only 87 million tonnes, or about 34%, of the approximately 254 million tonnes of waste generated in the United States in 2013 were recycled, recording a significantly lower recycling rate than other developed countries. As for the recycling rate by waste, lead-acid batteries had the highest rate of 99%, followed by steel cans and papers at 70% and 67%, respectively. The recycling rates of glass bottles and plastics, which are mainly household waste, were remarkably low at only 34% and 31%, respectively. Source: Water Journal (http://www.waterjournal.co.kr)
According to the journal "ACADEMIA Letters Apprenticing Ourselves to M. C. Richards: Three Teachings for Art Educators Courtney Weida", the 2003 documentary 'M. C. Richards: The Fire Within' ignited the minds of many teachers: for her, her philosophical was always connected with the personal. In Celadon and Chino Glaze, Richards incorporated her vivid drawings into her art workshops. "I did!" Richards synthesized seemingly disparate philosophies and media in the community space. She doesn't have to wait for ideal circumstances if she wants to build a community. "You could Wherever you are” (Safransky, 1989).
In other words, even in situations where change seems impossible through individual efforts, such as the problem of recycling garbage, ideally we cannot wait for the environment to change. First of all, the individual must move and practice.
when I think of the recycling rate of these wastes, I think about how to make tools using recyclable plastic or paper.
I first collected the recyclable garbage around me. And the most notable among them was the play. This bin is trash that is generated every time a child plays with Play-Doh.
I decided to make my own stamping art blush using this little bin. Above all, I often introduce the stamping technique in my art and make and sell works through it.
At this time, I made a work of art by stamping with a balloon in my hand, and I taught the children to do the same. However, since the balloon is light, it is difficult to place it on a table, and it was difficult to actually hold it by hand and stamp it. So, I decided to make a tool that makes the balloon smashing technique more free and comfortable.
I wrapped the handle part with cubic stickers to prevent it from slipping. This resulted in a beautiful handle that was shiny and nice. Then I drilled a hole in the floor and ran the wire through it. This is the part where the holder holding the balloon will be attached.
and attached balloons. The result is a very nice and beautiful balloon brush.
With the handle, it is easy to realize the balloon smashing technique, and the pattern is made more elaborate and beautiful. My balloon blush has been very successful.
In addition, this tool can change various materials of different textures, such as paper, vinyl, iron, etc., as well as balloons. This tool is great for stepping or smashing with a variety of materials.
Myungja Anna Koh